Tapped In: Johan Lenox

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This month Massachusetts singer/songwriter/composer, Johan Lenox releases his newest project chamber johan – a six-track EP containing string-heavy acoustic renditions of some of his biggest songs from the past two years. Perhaps known best for his behind-the-scenes work with artists like Travis Scott and Kanye West, Johan Lenox is quickly ascending into music’s main stage with his steady schedule of high-quality and polished releases. In the wake of the release of chamber johan, the multi-hyphenate has been steadily releasing visuals for the project’s tracks – and this week fans are being treated to the newest video for “moderation (chamber version).

Though initially released last year as the opener for Johan Lenox’s cancel the party EP, “moderation (chamber version)” is given a new lease on life with the Aamir Khuller-directed visual. Surrounded by an ensemble of string players, Johan sings over a stripped-back mix accompanied only by his mini-orchestra. The visuals are opulent – Johan wanders melancholically through a boujee mansion foyer alongside classical musicians. There is definitely a hint of uneasiness in the video though, as the rubber masks the musicians don seem to amplify the tension embedded within “moderation”.

Singing about trying to find a balance between two extremes – Johan Lenox exposes a rare vulnerability that truly makes him one of 2021’s most prolific upcoming acts. With more music coming down the pipeline, this is certainly shaping up to be Johan Lenox’s year. His debut LP what do you want to be when you grow up is slated for an October release, so you have no excuse not to get acquainted with his music before then. Consider this to be the perfect time to become a fan – so you can be locked in before somebody else tries to put you on.

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